Playing off of my weekend post of Amazon’s desire to get into Americans homes, the rhetoric from the White House is ramping up.
President Trump tweeting about Amazon as a monopoly riding on the back of the US Postal Service as its “delivery boy” and questioning its tax payments is really a smoke screen, I believe.
Trump’s screed merely brings Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos into the conversation, along with other Silicon Valley companies doing questionable actions with their user’s data.
Amazon has been around the longest — more than 20 years — and has amassed a database on more Americans and their buying habits than any other entity with the exception of the National Security Agency.
A story hitting the news today says Amazon, along with Google, has patent applications that allows Alexa — its in-home, personal-assistant service — an “outline an array of possibilities” for how the devices could monitor more of what users say and do.
Amazon has been on your stoop –with a smiley faced package — for more than a decade, but now through its Alexa device, or a special lock to allow food deliveries to be place in your refrigerator and its new initiative to start a nation-wide home cleaning service, the assault on your front door and your privacy has never been at more peril.
So into this backdrop we have Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, being the richest man in the world against a President hell-bent to expose deeper secrets of the left-leaning Silicon Valley crowd and its duplicitous actions when it comes to your privacy.
I am very interested to see how this plays out.